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105 ILCS 5/10-16a
(105 ILCS 5/10-16a)
School board member's leadership training.
(a) This Section applies to all school board members serving pursuant to Section 10-10 of this Code who have been elected after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly or appointed to fill a vacancy of at least one year's duration after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly.
(a-5) In this Section, "trauma" has the meaning ascribed to that term in subsection (b) of Section 3-11 of this Code.
(b) Every voting member of a school board of a school district elected or appointed for a term beginning after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, within a year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly or the first year of his or her first term, shall complete a minimum of 4 hours of professional development leadership training covering topics in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, fiduciary responsibilities of a school board member, and, beginning with the 2023-2024
school year, trauma-informed practices for students and staff. The school district shall maintain on its Internet website, if any, the names of all voting members of the school board who have successfully completed the training.
(b-5) The training regarding trauma-informed practices for students and staff required by this
Section must include information that is relevant to and within the scope of the duties of a school board
member. Such information may include, but is not limited to:
(1) the recognition of and care for trauma in
(2) the relationship between staff wellness and
(3) the effect of trauma on student behavior and
(4) the prevalence of trauma among students,
including the prevalence of trauma among student populations at higher risk of experiencing trauma;
(5) the effects of implicit or explicit bias on
recognizing trauma among various student groups in connection with race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other relevant factors; and
(6) effective district and school practices that are
(A) prevent and mitigate the negative effect of
trauma on student behavior and learning; and
(B) support the emotional wellness of staff.
(c) The training on financial oversight, accountability, fiduciary responsibilities, and, beginning with the 2023-24 school year, trauma-informed
practices for students and staff may be provided by an association established under this Code for the purpose of training school board members or by other qualified providers approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with an association so established.
(d) The State Board of Education may adopt rules that are necessary for the administration
of the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-638, eff. 1-1-23; 103-413, eff. 1-1-24